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Doyel: IU, Purdue are actually, finally trying to win in football

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https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/columnists/gregg-doyel/2019/06/05/iu-football-purdue-football-finally-trying-win-after-years-neglect/1341505001/

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They’re trying at IU and Purdue, really trying, and it’s encouraging. Also, it’s about time. The Purdue and IU athletic departments are finally committed, fully committed, to building football programs that can attract fans, generate revenue and – this is the big one – win games.

Will it work? Look, there’s no way to know. The climb is uphill, for both programs, after years of neglect. For too long IU and Purdue ignored their football programs, like those lazy neighbors down the street ignore their yard. Have you see what’s happening down there now? Those fools think dandelions are pretty. They’re leaving them. They like the yellow.

For years, Purdue and IU were yellow when it came to football, too scared, too beaten down by the sheer massiveness of the rebuild to try. They scattered handfuls of mulch and let the goats graze, and called it a day.

Those days are gone for these programs, and again, this isn’t me saying: Watch out, here come Purdue and IU football!

This is me saying: Finally, there’s a chance. At both places.

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At IU, they’re doing the damndest thing: They’re listening to fans. The administration has made two large changes this offseason, signaling a willingness – finally – to pursue a fan base that has been apathetic for decades.

Gone is the one-price-fits-all edict for tickets, with the school introducing a tiered pricing system after a social media revolt among IU fans a year ago.

“We really tried to listen to our fans,” athletic director Fred Glass told IndyStar IU insider Zach Osterman recently.

IU heard those fans loud and clear on another issue, too, the removal of players’ names from the back of their jerseys. No more of that. Names will return this season, a tip of the cap to fan unrest … and, quite likely, a nod toward recruiting. Players want to have their names back there, too.

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It has been a spending spree at Purdue, smart investments given the return in college football, starting with a $65 million facility that still has that new-carpet smell, the expensive hire of Brohm from Western Kentucky, and the willingness to bump his salary each of the past two years after flirtations from Tennessee and Louisville. Brohm will enter the 2019 season as the third-highest paid coach in the Big Ten – read that again – at $5.35 million, behind only Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh ($7.5 million) and Penn State’s James Franklin ($5.65 million). Brohm’s seven-year deal is worth $36.8 million.

Purdue also gave Brohm a $4.35 million pool to pay his assistants, with defensive coordinator Nick Holt receiving $670,000 in 2019. 

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So IU is pricing students and locals out of the game in their quest for gridiron glory, as well as effectively adding the letter "I" to the word "team".    And it appears that Purdue now has the highest paid public employee in the entire state.

What price gridiron glory? 

 

 

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22 hours ago, Muda69 said:

https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/columnists/gregg-doyel/2019/06/05/iu-football-purdue-football-finally-trying-win-after-years-neglect/1341505001/

So IU is pricing students and locals out of the game in their quest for gridiron glory, as well as effectively adding the letter "I" to the word "team".    And it appears that Purdue now has the highest paid public employee in the entire state.

What price gridiron glory? 

 

 

Good investment   long time coming

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"we really tried to listen to our fans".  That's a first!  IU's ticket prices have been cheaper than a lot of other schools.  Also glad to see the players names coming back on the jerseys.  (They listened to the fans, twice!)

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On 6/6/2019 at 8:14 AM, Muda69 said:

I don't see any mention of athletics on this IU website:  https://www.iu.edu/about/mission-vision.html

Purdue University does not seem to have an overarching mission and vision;  a lot of departments/sections appear to maintain their own.

 

What would you like happen to intercollegiate sports?  Throw out the publics?

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9 minutes ago, Robert said:

What would you like happen to intercollegiate sports?  Throw out the publics?

That intercollegiate sports be de-emphasized and become more like "club" sports.  Or if the public universities want to be open and honest about it try and include the support and growth of intercollegiate sports into it's mission/vision statements.

 

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So apparently I'm lazy and neglectful if I leave dandelions in my yard. Doyle nearly lost me with that statement.

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Two teams headed in different directions in my opinion.  Fair or not, it’s bowl game or bust for Allen this fall.

Purdue being in the B10 West is a huge advantage as IU simply doesn’t (and never will) have what it takes to crack the top half of the East.

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